Sometimes I stop and think about the number of technology gadgets I lug back and forth between home and work. Laptop, two iPhones (one work, one personal), a Kindle and in a week I’ll soon add an iPad to the mix. I think I need to add a padlock on my bag – can you imagine if someone stole it?
I’ve certainly become wired and tethered to the office. In some ways, all of these gadgets are a blessing. After all, this loot, combined with some great software, allows me to work from home occasionally, and leave the office early when one of my kids has an event.
Still, the downside is I always feel connected. I often check email in the evenings when my kids go to bed, and it’s easy to get sucked back into the office on Sundays as I filter through messages.
Technology – it’s a blessing and a curse, right?
This week, I’m on vacation. Five whole days of freedom, but I need to decide if I want to totally unplug. If I turn off the iPhone, I will surely be welcomed back to the office on Monday with hundreds of emails. If I keep it on, however, my mind will likely not get the total escape it needs from work.
I actually needed to log on for an hour today to take care of a few things, but after a little reflection, I decided to turn the work devices off and pack them away.
My body needed a break from the commute and office grind, and I know my mind needs it too. Thus, I need to hide the tech for the week.
So, come next week, I’ll be scrolling through emails, sitting in round-the-clock meetings and wading through work piles. But I’m not going to worry about that future. Today, I’m going to enjoy the time off. I earned it.
Do you find it hard to break away from the technology on vacation? Does your work expect you to stay plugged in?